Think that the OtterBox Defender and Armor Series we reviewed last month are too big and bulky, completely defeating the purpose of a slim smartphone like the iPhone 5? OtterBox today introduced its latest smartphone cases – the Preserver Series and Symmetry Series, that are much slimmer, lighter and more stylish than ever before.
The Preserver Series is a “seriously waterproof phone case” that provides the best protection for your smartphone in a stylishly slim case. It may sound just as tough as the Armor Series but it is noticeably smaller and lighter and in all honesty, it doesn’t even feel as tough as it sounds – with the case installed for my iPhone 5S, it just feels like a normal iPhone casing but who knows that it is a feature-packed protective case.
The features include a two-piece case with snap assembly for easy installation, solid plastic frame with overmolded bumpers that absorbs and deflects impact shock away from the device inside, built-in screen protector and internal foam that cushions and holds the device in place inside the case. It’s waterproof is certified at IP-X8, allowing a device to be fully submerged up to 2m for up to 30 minutes, IP-6X rated dustproof that blocks out entry of dust and debris particles, and drop proof that protects device from drops up to 2 meters.
If you do not need something so tough and just want a simple protection for everyday usage, or you do not have a two year old at home, the Symmetry is a very stylish new series of cases. The Symmetry Series features only one piece, which means it doesn’t have a screen protector or any other additional bulks found on the other series. Simply pop your phone in in an easy one-step installation, and your device will be protected from knocks, bumps and even shocks. It’s made out of dual material that provides trusted OtterBox protection, and its internal material and coring dissipate shock. It measures at 130.8 x 65.5 x 13.21mm and weighs at 31.75g. If you may recall from our review, the Defender and Armor Series measures at 135.12 x 69.9 x 16.8mm and 140.2 x 75.5 x 17.8mm respectively so you can imagine just how much smaller the Symmetry case is (measurements are for the iPhone 5/5S cases).
The Preserver Series is available for iPhone 5, iPhone 5S (Touch ID compatible), Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S5 (coming soon) in four colors – Primrose (powder gray/blaze pink), Carbon (slate gray/black), Pistachio (slate gray/glow green) and Glacier (white/gunmetal gray) for a retail price of RM309. The Symmetry Series is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as Samsung Galaxy S5. You may pick the solid colors Eclipse (white), Candy (red), Snowcone (blue) or Sour Apple (apple green) for RM149, but if they are too plain for the fashionista in you, the Symmetry Series also comes in graphic pattern for RM169 – Eden Teal, Dreamy Pink, Cheetah Pink or Triangle Gray.